- Academic, Archaeology
I am a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University, specialising in Australian Indigenous archaeology. I am committed to making archaeology accessible to Indigenous and non-Indigenous public, showcasing Australia's vibrant past.
To do so I develop partnership projects with descendant communities, tracing the long term history of ancestral sites and stories. Currently we are following the footsteps of Waiet (the bringer of death dances to Torres Strait), excavating sites in western and eastern Torres Strait. I am also working with traditional custodians and colleagues in the Wellington Range region, Arnhem Land.
Previously I held research positions at Griffith and Monash Universities and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2010. My thesis explored the potential for using archaeology to historicise ethnographically-signficant "villages" in western Torres Strait. Since beginning my studies at Lampeter University (Wales) in 1998, I have participated in a wide variety of projects including excavations of rock shelters and open sites in Western Australia (Hope Downs) and Arnhem Land (Northern Territory), highland Papua New Guinea (Simbai), Palau (Ulong, Angaur), Torres Strait (Mabuyag) and most recently Czech Republic (Blansko).